Jesus Severino‘s grand slam broke the ice for Vancouver in the second inning.
The Vancouver Canadians got their first win against the Everett AquaSox in five tries. The C’s moved to within three games of the Frogs for first place in the Northwest League North Division with an 8-4 victory at Everett Memorial Stadium Thursday.
The AquaSox defence let righthander Ivan Fortunato down with a pair of one-out errors in the second. Nick Rodriguez mishandled a ground ball at third from Bryan Lizardo and Ryne Ogren botched a grounder to second from Jake Brodt. Sterling Guzman loaded the bases with a single to center before Jesus Severino unloaded them with a grand slam to left.
— Rob Fai (@RobFaiNation) July 6, 2018
Tanner Kirwer would get on board with an infield single to third and would scamper to third on a Hunter Steinmetz single to right. Kirwer would come home on a Yorman Rodriguez knock up the middle. Griffin Conine would give the C’s a converted touchdown lead with a double to center to plate Steinmetz and Rodriguez.
After a 1-2-3 first, C’s lefthander Jordan Barrett ran into problems in the second that started with a leadoff single from Matt Sanders before hitting Ogren with a pitch. Troy Dixon drove in the two runners with a double to center to get Everett on the board. Dixon would score on a bunt single from Geoandry Montilla and a missed catch error by Brodt at first.
— Brian Solack (@soulman156) July 6, 2018
Jordan Barrett ran his record to 2-0 with 5-2/3 innings of four-run ball Thursday.
Barrett did not give up another run until the sixth when Sanders worked a one-out walk before moving to second on a wild pitch. Ogren would line one up the middle to score Sanders and make it a 7-4 game. Tanner Kirwer enjoyed his second straight multi-hit game in Everett Thursday.
Vancouver matched that run when Kirwer hit a leadoff double to right and got to third when Frogs pitcher Penn Murfee saw his pickoff throw go into center field. Steinmetz’s sacrifice fly restored the C’s four-run advantage.
Juan Nunez stranded a runner and struck out three over 1-1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Juan Nunez, Denis Diaz and Connor Law finished up with a combined 3-1/3 innings of shutout relief for the Canadians.
All nine hitters in the Vancouver lineup got on base or scored a run. Rodriguez, Conine and Kirwer had two hits apiece with Rodriguez also taking one for the team. Guzman had a base hit and a base on balls and stole a base along with Rodriguez. The C’s offset nine strikeouts with nine hits, three walks and a hit by pitch.
The quartet of Barrett, Nunez, Diaz and Law compiled a strikeout-walk ratio of 14-2 with Barrett striking out seven, Nunez whiffing three and Diaz and Law splitting the other four K’s.
This three-game series concludes Friday with Josh Winckowski (1-2, 4.50) getting the start for Vancouver against Everett’s Carlos Hernandez (1-2, 6.35) in a righty-righty matchup. Rob Fai will have the call on CanadiansBaseball.com and on TSN 1040. First pitch is at 7:05 pm.
Congratulations to 2011 and 2012 C’s pitcher Taylor Cole for his recent call-up to the Los Angeles Angels. The righthander from Simi Valley, California pitched three shutout innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts in Baltimore July 1 and pitched Thursday in Seattle where he tossed another scoreless frame and struck out two to offset a walk. Cole is wearing #67 for the Halos.
— Jeff Miller (@JeffMillerLAT) July 1, 2018
— Brian Taylor 🏆⚡ (@OHLChampion2014) July 1, 2018
— Province Sports (@provincesports) July 5, 2018
FINAL | Canadians WIN 8-4 last night vs Everett. C’s are now only 3 games back from the Aquasox in the hunt for the first half Division title #AtTheNat
One more to go vs Everett before the team reruns home for a 3-game series vs Spokane. https://t.co/e4dQ3OBBOF
— Vancouver Canadians (@vancanadians) July 6, 2018
Cavan Biggio and Harold Ramirez hit back-to-back homers last night!
First time we’ve seen it since Bo + Vlad on May 25. pic.twitter.com/dx41TRCxxA
— NH Fisher Cats (@FisherCats) July 6, 2018
People always come and go in your life but the right ones always stay. 💯
— Dwight Smith Jr (@dsmith25blujay) July 6, 2018